That trend continued with this year’s first hire, as the Jacksonville Jaguars promoted interim coach and former offensive assistant Doug Marrone.

With the Steelers, Patriots and Chiefs firmly entrenched atop their divisions, the only division race that looks remotely competitive right now is the AFC South, where both the Jaguars and Titans sit at 6-3. Now I’m not going to say Jacksonville will finish 12-4 and perhaps bump someone out of a playoff bye, but look at the Jags’ remaining schedule: at Browns, at Cardinals, Colts, Seahawks, Texans, at 49ers, at Titans. Take away Seattle and the New Year’s Eve finale at Tennessee, and that’s a ghastly assortment of middling-to-bad NFL teams.

Tesfatsion: I’m leaning toward Haason Reddick or Christian McCaffrey, but I’m not even sure if either player will be available with the 17th overall pick now. This is going to be a crazy first round. Everyone expects the Browns to pick Myles Garrett with the first overall pick, and they should. I have no clue on how the draft plays out from there, which should make things interesting throughout the night, and it makes it difficult to pick just one player. You almost have to pick at least three. What about you?

Jones: I like Reddick, but also like Reuben Foster, if he’s still there. It’s impossible to really know. Some projections have him going in the top 10, others have him lasting until the early 20s. I feel like the Redskins have to use this pick — and probably their first three picks — to get significantly better on defense.

Joseph spent this season as Gase’s defensive coordinator in Miami. The Dolphins ranked only 29th in the NFL in total defense. And Joseph’s defense did not fare particularly well in Sunday’s 30-12 defeat at Pittsburgh in the opening round of the AFC playoffs.

But Joseph’s reputation as a rising star in the coaching ranks went mostly unaffected. Broncos front office chief John Elway seemed to zero in on Joseph and Shanahan after also interviewing Kansas City’s special teams coordinator, Dave Toub. When Joseph did not leave for a planned interview with the Chargers, it was clear that Elway had settled on his man.
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